By Greg Smith
“Removing the flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of political correctness. It would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers. It would simply be an acknowledgement for the cause for which they fought, for slavery, is wrong. . . By taking down that flag, we express God’s grace.” – Barack Obama
“I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” — Barack Obama
If it is time to bring down the stars and bars for the last time, let us not be selective in our condemnation of symbols of oppression.
In 1864, nearly two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, it was the Democratic Party that opposed continuing the Civil War. It was the Republican Party that insisted the war must continue to re-unite the nation. It was the Republican Party that pushed through the 14th Amendment. It was the Republican Party that freed the slaves. For those who cite the rebel flag as a symbol of slavery and treason, in 1864 those were basically part of the Democratic Party’s platform which preferred an immediate cessation of hostilities over both the Union and ending slavery. The black man was of no matter.
In 1912 and 1916 it was the Democratic Party that elected Woodrow Wilson, a man whose views on race quite openly celebrated a continued organized oppression against blacks.
In 1963 it was a Democrat who stood blocking the schoolhouse doors to deny admittance to black students, as it was the Democratic Party – the dominant party in the South from Reconstruction into the 1980s — that stood foursquare in favor of “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!”
More recently, the Democratic nominees in 1992 through 2008 were opposed to gay marriage. Barack Obama was opposed to it before he was in favor of it. That seems to be a common practice. Hillary Clinton, who loves to talk about leadership, was opposed to gay marriage until it was convenient for her to switch sides and be for it. Her husband even signed the Defense of Marriage Act.
The words that flow today from the mouths of Mrs. Clinton and Obama make it clear the Democratic Party’s history is one of shameful repression, and if the rebel flag should be permanently retired, the symbol of the Democratic Party should likewise be pensioned off. Almost any other animal will do, since studies suggest animals have very short memories.
President Obama should ask Indians – Native Americans to you Prius drivers – if the American flag should continue to fly. When he or his fellow leaders of the party of Jefferson and Jackson – those oppressive white, male skeletons in the Democratic closet – have dealt with these issues they can claim some moral authority on the subject. Until then, they are as they ever have been: politicians mining an issue for personal and political gain.
I call on you President Obama – hoping he’s one my four regular readers – “express God’s grace” — and pull the plank out of your own eye. ©
Greg Smith is a freelance writer and political consultant who lives in Bantam, CT. His blog is found at www.betterfatthanfascist.com.